The Dallas Cowboys will welcome back an old comrade to their annual Thanksgiving game, as they have brought back veteran CB Sterling Moore, just in time for their Thursday afternoon showdown with the Oakland Raiders. With CB Morris Claiborne leaving Sunday’s win over the New York Giants early after aggravating his already sore hamstring, the Cowboys brought back Moore, a free agent who spent the final five games of 2012 in Dallas.
Undrafted after coming out of Southern Methodist University in 2011, Moore spent the first part of the subsequent season on the Raiders practice squad before signing with the New England Patriots in November. In the final game of the 2011 regular season, Moore had two interceptions, one of which he returned for a touchdown in New England’s 49-21 win over Buffalo. Moore would later play in Super Bowl XLVI that season with New England, recording 3 tackles and 2 pass deflections in the Patriots’ 21-17 loss to the Giants. Moore is probably best remembered in New England for knocking the ball out of then Ravens WR Lee Evans’s hands in the end zone during the AFC Championship Game that year, negating what would have been a game winning Baltimore touchdown.
In 2012, Moore was waived by the Patriots, but signed with the Cowboys on November 30. In his first stint with the Cowboys, he recorded 9 tackles and 1 pass deflection. After training camp this past summer, the Cowboys chose to keep BW Webb over Moore, but brought back the veteran due to his prior experiences with the team, which was huge considering the short preparation week.
In order to make room for Moore, the Cowboys have waived TE Andre Smith.